Casino Royale Could Become Home To One Of The Tallest Buildings In Las Vegas

Written By Marc Meltzer on August 10, 2023
Las Vegas Neon Casino Sign at Night

The future of Casino Royale on the Vegas Strip is uncertain. Rumors about changes to the property have been around for years.

It now appears as though the land where the popular low-roller casino with a Best Western hotel, Outback Steakhouse and Denny’s could see some major changes in the future. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently approved (hat tip Vital Vegas for the link) the land at 3411 Las Vegas Blvd. S. for a building as tall as 699 feet above ground level.

There are no details on the future of the businesses that operate at this address. However, it could drastically change the Vegas Strip skyline.

A building 699 feet tall would be one of the tallest in Las Vegas

Gaming licenses are a valuable commodity in Las Vegas. Some landowners have pop-up venues every few years just to keep the casino license active.

The Casino Royale land has a valuable gaming license. However, there’s nothing in the FAA form that says a new building will include a casino.

The only information about the possible changes to the land between Harrah’s and The Venetian and across the street from The Mirage is described as a “(p)roposed building development project located in Las Vegas, NV.” Any naysayers about the potential changes to the height of a building where Casino Royale operates must submit their issues before the end of the month.

If the owners of the land do construct a building to the maximum height it would be one of the tallest in Las Vegas. A building this tall would dwarf the 550-foot-tall guitar-shaped hotel tower planned for Hard Rock Casino across the street at The Mirage.

It would be the third tallest building in the area behind the soon-to-open Fontainebleau and The Strat.

This approval for the building by the FAA expires on Jan. 21, 2025. If there are no complaints regarding the height of the building, there could be an announcement about the future as soon as Sept. 1.

Casino Royale is home for low rollers in Las Vegas

Casino Royale has been a mainstay for visitors to Las Vegas looking for value. The property has had inexpensive options for everything from gaming to dining for decades.

The Las Vegas casino was the home of low-limit table games until the Covid-19 pandemic. Casino Royale is now home to slot machines and electronic table games.

Dining options at Casino Royale include Outback Steakhouse, Denny’s, White Castle and a snack bar with inexpensive quick bites.

Casino Royale bars were famous for $1 beer over the years. Thanks to inflation the price is now $3. This is still half the price of many of the least expensive beer prices on the Vegas Strip.

The Best Western Hotel is one of the least expensive on the Vegas Strip. This is also one of the few hotels in Las Vegas that does not add a resort fee on top of the price.

Changes could mark the end of one of the remaining value properties on the Vegas Strip. It would be difficult, if not impossible, for the operators to keep these low prices if there’s a new casino hotel built where Casino Royale currently stands.

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Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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